'Spotlight' news: Vatican newspaper praises 2016 Oscars Best Picture winner


“Spotlight” has been receiving rave reviews since it won Best Picture at the recently held 88th Annual Academy Awards. Even a rather unexpected source gave it a nod the Vatican City-based newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. 

The newspaper contained two write-ups  one editorial article from Lucetta Scaraffia and a movie review from Emilio Ranzato    praising the controversial film that follows the quest of a Pulitzer Prize-winning group of journalists as they investigate the cases of sexual abuse involving Catholic priests.

In her write-up, Scaraffia says that the call made to the Pope at the awards presentation should be taken as a positive sign that there is still trust in both the church and the pontiff. 

It can be recalled that “Spotlight” producer Michael Sugar called for Pope Francis’ attention during his acceptance speech at the Oscars, saying, “The film gave a voice to survivors, and this Oscar amplifies that voice which will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican. Pope Francis, it is time to protect the children and restore the faith.”  

The second article from Ranzato mentioned that the film was not anti-Catholic as no religion was even mentioned throughout the duration of the movie. He further praised the movie for its audacity to condemn and criticize with no reservation those situations that require attention.

Associated Press reports how, through the continuous waves it is making in the Internet, the 2016 Oscars winner caught the attention of local and international audiences.

“Spotlight” was directed by Tom McCarthy and stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams. Ruffalo, McCarthy, and the film’s writer, Josh Singer, were reportedly seen joining a crowd of protesters outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles the night before the Oscars to show support for their movie’s cause.